I was listening to an interview of a very famous singer called “Hansraj Raghuwanshi” and he shared a very simple yet powerful thought that each and everyone of us should think about from time to time. That line was, “Sooraj ugta hai to doobta bhi hai (If the sun rises, it also sets).
Since I was a little kid, my father has always taught me one constant thing in life, “This too shall pass.” He had it written on his office board as well. I didn’t pay much attention to it when I was younger but as I became more spiritually inclined, I started to see some meaning behind it.
When I was in 12th standard, I broke my right (dominant) hand while on a scooter just a few months before my final exams. Apart from my hand, my hopes were broken as well.
It was December and I was returning from my tuition classes on a scooter. After I broke my hand, I started to cry (not shout), just cry. Some people gathered and gave me some water and I was just sitting there, knowing that I had broken my arm as I could feel the broken bone. And the very first thing out of my mouth wasn’t out of pain, it was “that my exams are runied”. Looking back, I find that response a bit odd given that I was holding my totally broken arm in the middle of the street.
People gathered and started to calm me down. I got a surgery and I was back at home. I went to my tuition classes and met one of my teachers. He said something that stuck with me till now. He drew a crude graph and pointed to the minimum point of the graph.
He said, you’re here now. There’s no where, but up.
This was the first time in days, that I received a ray of hope that I could maybe pass my exams. I worked through and passed the exams finally with 87%. I still lookback and think as to how it happened. I really owe it all to Ma. If that wasn’t enough, I bombed my entrance exams but was still able to get into a Tier-2 engineering college in Delhi. I was shocked again. This also I owe to Ma.
From then till now, my life has been like a path of a sine wave. Being an engineer, relating to mathematical functions has become a second nature to me, so please pardon my odd metaphors.
After this long not-intended to be pitiful story of mine, let’s comeback to the crux of the article.
Sooraj ugta hai to doobta bhi hai
According to me, keeping this in mind is a necessity for us to survive in difficult and good times. At our most happiest moments, think of the sine graph, it will give you a reality check. I’m not saying to not celebrate the moments of joy, but a situation becomes a situation based on how we react on it.
I’ve been trying to adopt this philosophy myself and I believe that someday I will. No matter the ups and downs in our lives, the only constant that is always flowing through this universe, through us, through everyone is Ma. You make everything happen, Ma, may everyone be a receiver of your blessings.
अपराधसहस्त्राणि क्रियन्तेऽहर्निशं मया।
दासोऽयमिति मां मत्वा क्षमस्व परमेश्वरि॥1॥
आवाहनं न जानामि न जानामि विसर्जनम्।
पूजां चैव न जानामि क्षम्यतां परमेश्वरि॥2॥
मन्त्रहीनं क्रियाहीनं भक्तिहीनं सुरेश्वरि।
यत्पूजितं मया देवि परिपूर्णं तदस्तु मे॥3॥